The Cast of Alien Had No Idea the Gruesome Chestburster Moment Was Happening

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In Alien, the 1979 science-fiction landmark directed by Ridley Scott, the production of the shocking alien-birth effect caused one actor to faint and sent another to his quarters to recover. The authentic moment was engineered with some tricky subterfuge by Scott, who tried to keep his actors as in the dark as the audience. As we explore in our latest “Behind the Movies” episode above, it … worked.

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The Shock of Alien’s Gruesome Chestburster Scene